Capital Campaign Update

We are pleased to report that St. John’s this year has received payments, totaling $6,225, on several Capital Campaign pledges made in 2022 that were scheduled to be paid out in 2023. Additional pledges made in 2022 that are anticipated to be paid out in 2023 will total $3,375. Later this month, we will send out letters to parishioners who have not yet made gifts or pledges to the Capital Campaign, or those who might like to make another gift, with the reminder that our goal is to successfully close … Read more

Thoughts from the Wilderness

Father John with Cleo

Life is astounding and bewildering. The words astound and bewilder have overlapping meanings of surprise, wonder, stun and confuse. We all know life has good surprises and bad ones and much we don’t understand. A recent opening collect (prayer) on Sunday morning celebrates our limited understanding with joy and hope: “O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, … Read more

Word from the Senior Warden

Judy Whitbeck, Senior Warden at St John in the Wilderness

June is the month of vibrant bloom, creativity, warm weather, graduations, and outdoor church activities.Members of St John in the Wilderness Buildings and Grounds Committee are: Marjorie Hoog, Brian Boom, Lucy Eldridge, Elen Freeston and Bobby Flynn. The Committee plans to complete the restoration of the iron fence surrounding the Pomeroy Graveyard plus adding power and water to the new shed. Some maintenance projects have been completed… The Water Softener is now on a 6-month schedule for salt and an annual service by Clavarack Pump, fuel cost is being addressed … Read more

Capital Campaign Update

Since the last issue of this newsletter, there has been much progress in the Capital Campaign on multiple fronts. In this update, we will report on three Capital Campaign projects that have been completed or substantially advanced with funds raised and the Campaign’s plans for the upcoming weeks. Concerning the new prayer circle, six new benches fabricated by Lukas Schwartz from black locust logs now form the circle. A layer of small gravel (pea stone) is to be added on top of the existing larger gravel, some enriched topsoil is … Read more


Community Harvest Festival Saturday, September 9 Food & Drink | Live Music | Silent AuctionTickets are $75 FOOD & DRINK: A buffet of hearty appetizers will be served from 6:00-7:30pm, with tables and chairs arranged under the big tent. Wendy Langlois and her team will be preparing the menu. MUSIC: NYC husband and wife duo of Erin Shields and David Shenton, whose numerous concert credits include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, will perform music from their show, “The Great American Songbook: Retold” from 5:00-6:00pm in the Church. SILENT AUCTION: Guests … Read more

Spring 2023 Photos

See the fun selection of photos from the two big spring events at St John in the Wilderness. The 2023 Easter Egg Hunt was held on Saturday, April 8 from 11:00am-Noon. The 2023 Father’s Day Plant & Bake Sale was held on Sunday, May 18 from 11:00am-3:00pm. Easter Egg Hunt 2023 Father’s Day Plant Sale 2023

Rest in Peace, Kent

Dr. Kent T. Kay

Dr. Kent. T. Kay, DVM, passed away at 89 from complications of dementia in Minnetonka, MN. He grew up in New York City but dreamed of living in the country and purchased a veterinary practice in Millerton, NY, serving the surrounding dairy farms in 1965. His wife Marilyn was the office manager for the practice and they raised four sons, who grew up in a lively household surrounded by animals, both large and small. In addition to his professional work, Dr. Kay helped develop a regional Rail to Trails path. … Read more

Editors’ Note

The banner “Coming Up!” for this early Summer issue of the Voice is reflected in many ways by what you’ll find here–lovely photos celebrating our outdoor offerings; Fr. John’s reminder that God promises us good things and astounding adventures ahead; Senior Warden Judy Whitbeck’s poetic evocation of June; and Brian Boom’s detailed recounting of the many improvements visible on our grounds, including new landscaping with plants coming up, more every day. On our Calendar you’ll see July 2 is Community Picnic Day, a free event, and the date for the … Read more

Capital Campaign Update

New wooden benches at St John in the Wilderness

In this article, we would like to review the origin and evolution of St. John’s current Capital Campaign, what it has accomplished and what remains to be done. The Capital Campaign for St. John in the Wilderness: Sustaining People, Place, and Peace was formally launched in 2019, but the groundwork for it began to be laid two years earlier, when an ad hoc Capital Campaign Committee was formed in 2017 to chart an initial course of action, consisting of four steps: On July 14, 2018, the Capital Campaign was announced … Read more

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